The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently warned water contractors all the way from Red River, north of Taos, to Belen, south of Albuquerque, that for the first time ever there may be a shortage of water due to drought. Over a dozen contractors use water from the San Juan-Chama Project for drinking and irrigation.
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New statistics released by the American Cancer Society show that nationally there's been a 20 percent decrease in risk of death from all cancers. For breast and colon cancer, that rate of decline is closer to 35 percent. However, in the Southwest, there's a slightly different picture.
Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing a 3 percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees.
The Republican governor on Monday released the administration's budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July, an increase of almost $179 million.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe of the Roman Catholic Church has incorporated dozens of its parishes as nonprofits, a move that an attorney who has represented victims of clerical sexual abuse says could be an attempt to protect church assets.
Attorney James Stang of Los Angeles says incorporating parishes as separate entities allows them to argue they have no responsibility for abuses at other parishes.
The U.S. Department of Justice is set to hold an invite-only meeting with community activists over its pending investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department.
Federal authorities have scheduled the closed-door gathering Tuesday in Albuquerque after the number of shootings by officers jumped at the end of 2013.
Advocates say federal officials are expected to give an update on the year-long investigation amid allegations of high-profile abuse cases. The Justice Department launched the probe at the end of 2012.
Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals -The Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez is gearing up for the Legislature by preparing to unveil her budget proposals to lawmakers.
The Republican governor is scheduled to release her budget recommendations Monday afternoon. The Legislature convenes Jan. 21 for a 30-day session that's limited mostly to budget, tax and other issues placed on the agenda by the governor.
New Mexico National Refuge To Expand - The Associated Press
The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge on Albuquerque's southern edge is growing thanks to the purchase of 57 acres.
The $1.1 million purchase was announced this week by Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz and state Sen. Michael Padilla. They also say development of a master plan for the refuge and visitors' center is underway.
The state Legislature approved the funding for the purchase during its last session.
Friday Hearing Set On Horse Slaughter - The Associated Press
A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter.
State District Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe will hear New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's request for a temporary restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. from opening its doors in the coming days.
King's suit says Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.
New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem - The Associated Press
A state lawmaker has proposed taking away the driver's licenses of New Mexico students who habitually play hookey from school.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Senator Craig Brandt wants to give school authorities the ability to work with the Motor Vehicle Division to deny or suspend licenses of students who have a pattern of truancy, poor grades and are at risk of dropping out.
New Mexico's law enforcement agencies don't have enough officers and the problem is expected to get worse.
The Albuquerque Journal reports a combination of low pay, retirements, and unqualified applicants has contributed to the problem in sheriff's offices in Torrance, Eddy, Luna and Chavez counties and police departments in communities like Albuquerque, Portales and Roswell.
Much of New Mexico is missing out on a White Christmas.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say a weak storm is moving across the northern edge of New Mexico, bringing some extra clouds, colder temperatures and only mountain top flurries.
Once the system passes, New Mexico will be in for warmer weather the rest of the week. Starting Thursday, daytime temperatures are expected to be above average.
Thu. 12/26 8a: Over the summer of 2012, despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions, Iran doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges installed in its underground Fordow site, stopping just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or could the time be near for a pre-emptive strike? Debaters are james Dobbins, Reuven Pedatzur, Shmuel Bar, and Jeffrey Goldberg.
Members of the Navajo Nation Council tabled a proposal that would let disputes over a northwestern New Mexico coal mine that's being bought on behalf of the nation be settled in state courts rather than tribal courts.
Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan - Associated Press
Teachers unions and some state lawmakers who are opposed to the New Mexico Public Education Department's teacher evaluation system are asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its contention that the program is invalid because it violates state laws.
The reconsideration request comes after a state District Court judge last month refused to block Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.